"W" New Orleans

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  1. chef4u
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    I've checked on TripAdvisor and am getting mixed reviews about this property. Can anybody offer their experiences with this hotel? Just staying (or thinking of it) one night after my cruise returns to New Orleans. Of course, that one night will be New Years.
     
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    W French Quarter or W on Poydras?

    I've stayed at the W on Poydras a couple of times and its a fine property across the street from the casino. The furnishings are bit worn in spots but I feel it likely gets a lot of hard mileage due to the convention/party local.
     
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    Both of the W properties in NOLA are just fine. Especially for a 1 night stay. Not sure if upgrades matter but W New Orleans has more suites than W French Quarter.
     
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    Any W will have a big party seen on New Year's Eve, which may or may not be what you want. At other Ws, when there has been lots of action (such as Halloween weekend), I've found the soundproofing between hall and room to be surprisingly adequate. In other words, if you want to avoid the partying, it's usually just a matter of walking from front door to elevator through the living room or its overflow, and then you're safely away from the crowds and noise.
     
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    Agreed.

    I've stayed at both and the W French Quarter is actually my favorite of the two, probably because it feels "smaller" and more boutique than the one downtown.

    The pool area is not actually all that great but if the hotel is not busy you can grab a cabana and just hang out, nurse a hangover or two. It's close enough to the action that you can walk/stumble out there without having to get your car, yet far enough away that the crowds are not usually a problem.

    The one way street and the valet hiding your car "under" the hotel are an issue when there's heavy traffic though.

    The lobby area itself is small too so you might run into a crowd during check-in, but again because it's sort of tucked away you'll usually not run into that problem.

    Can't speak for the food since I always walk the 3-4 blocks to NOLA for dinner when I'm in town. :)
     
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    Let's not forget the OP plans to stay for New Year's Eve. Hotels will be sold out, so no upgrades are likely. Also, I would expect the hotels to impose at least a two night minimum stay requirement and be charging close to rack rate.
     
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    W on Poydras is where I will be. Booked 2 rooms on points, so I'm good to go. Next challenge is wear to eat...I'm hoping "R' evolution" will be open by then. Been to NOLA and K-Pauls before. Now just waiting for my Cafe du Monde fix!
     
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    Indeed. :)

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    Thanks for the memories!
     
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    If you want another restaurant recommendation and are looking for a nice dinner, try Cochon (http://www.cochonrestaurant.com/). Their fried alligator is excellent, and I can also recommend the catfish courtbouillon.

    For good pizza and beer, try Slice (http://www.slicepizzeria.com/) on St. Charles Avenue.
     
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    Emeril's is nearby (it looks like a storefront) and there's an interestingly-designed restaurant and bar in Loew's Hotel that's run by Commander's Palace. Restaurants are likely to be tough around NYE. Your best bet might be to have the W make a reservation for you in their restaurant.
     
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    Lowes is an easy walk across the street from the W on Poydras.
     
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    Yes, that's partly why I suggested their restaurant (but not the hotel). There's also a good but somewhat formal/staid/classical restaurant in the Orient Express hotel in the neighborhood. It's good, but probably not for the OP's tastes. (I'd say the same about the hotel, whose name escapes me at the moment.)
     

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